A Stoke-on-Trent supermarket is helping a food bank cope with unprecedented demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pak Foods, in Shelton, has increased its support of the Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank with the provision of more food and essential items.
The Stoke Road store has been encouraging its customers to donate food into a collection bin which is then taken to the food bank’s warehouse.
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The partnership began two years ago and has taken on added significance during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Keith Stubbs, the food bank’s Chair of Trustees, says the charity is ‘particularly grateful’ for the support.
He said: “We are very much reliant upon donations of food from individuals, churches, schools and businesses from across the city in order to support our work and therefore we are particularly grateful to Pak Foods for donating items of food to the Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank over the past few years.
“Their support is particularly important at this time of national and local crisis, and the additional support that managers from Pak Foods are offering is amazing.
“The extra donations given from Pak Foods will ensure that we can continue to give out emergency food to those who are in short term crisis.”
Nabeel Akhtar, a company director at Pak Foods, says their food donations have been distributed to NHS staff and the elderly and vulnerable.
He said: “As a family-run business, it is our duty to give back to our community during this pandemic.
“Across the five stores, we are working closely with various food banks including the Stoke-On-Trent Foodbank and have donated essential food items such as rice, bread, milk, oils and tinned foods.
“This has enabled food parcels to be distributed to those of which are in desperate need of food during these unprecedented times including NHS staff and the elderly and vulnerable.
“We are honoured to be working alongside the Stoke-On-Trent Foodbank who are doing an excellent job all year round in supporting those in need and are now helping those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”
As a small charity, the Foodbank welcomes any new offers of help with funding – local businesses, organisations and individuals interested in supporting the Foodbank’s work can find out more at https://stokeontrent.foodbank.org.uk/
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